Kimberly joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Five years ago, Kimberly became the 703rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,129 more people have become monthly donors! Kimberly's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Nwe, a seamstress from Burma, to fund cardiac surgery.
Kimberly has funded healthcare for 68 patients in 11 countries.
Nwe is a 36-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in Thingangkuun Township in Yangon Division. Nwe works as a seamstress at home while her husband works in a factory. In her free time, Nwe likes to play with her nephew who lives close by and also loves to watch movies at home. Nwe was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Nwe experiences tiredness especially when she walks for longer periods of time. If she feels tired, she also experiences heart palpitations. Sometimes, she also suffers from dizziness. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Nwe. The treatment is scheduled to take place on March 24th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Nwe shared, “I feel stressed about my condition. I am afraid to have surgery but there is no other option. I hope that after I have fully recovered from my surgery, I will be able to work as seamstress again.” Nwe’s husband is also worried for her and he has had to take time off from work to accompany her to all her appointments. He said, “I get paid daily for my work and if I do not work regularly then I have less income. Before, we were able to save some money from our work but since my wife was diagnosed with a heart problem and started to see the doctor for tests and medications, we can no longer save any money.”
Amen is a sweet 6-year-old boy from Ethiopia who loves people and being with others. He is a student in grade 3. He loves to go to school and playing with his friends. His mom raises him alone. His dad has been in prison for more than four years now, and, unfortunately, the family of Amen’s father pushed his mom and him away saying they wouldn't have sick children in their lineage and they don’t want to support them. Amen’s mom now lives with her sister. She washes people’s clothes in the neighborhood for a living. Her income is very low and can barely support herself and her child. Amen was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Amen has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Amen will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 28th. AMHF is requesting $717 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Amen’s mom said, “I am so happy for my son getting such a medical chance. He was scheduled for surgery in 2016 but was put on a waiting list in a government hospital and we have never got a call until now. I lost all my hope that the hospital would call. If not for this chance he would stay at home affected psychologically for the rest of his life. But now, I have hope he will lead a better quality life after the surgery. ”
Oudom is a third grade student from Cambodia. He has two older brothers, and enjoys playing games with his siblings after school. When he was four years old, Oudom had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Oudom experiences ear discharge, infection, itchiness, and hearing loss. He has a difficult time communicating others and is often unable to concentrate in class. Oudom traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 2nd, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my son will no longer suffer from any infection and he will be able to hear without any issues." -Oudom's Mother
Kosal is a 21-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He likes to play sports, watch television, and help his wife with the housework. In May 2019, Kosal was in a traffic accident and fell off his motorcycle, injuring his left shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He finds it difficult to lift his arm and move normally, and is unable to work due to his injuries. Kosal traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 4th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to regain function in his arm. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to use my arm again and can return to work."
U Min is a 49-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter. He and his son work as day laborers. His wife stays home to look after household chores, while his daughter studies in grade school. About a month ago, U Min's right heel was injured while he was getting off from the tractor he was driving at work. It was very painful that he went to a clinic in his village to receive treatment. However, his condition did not improved with the treatment, and the wound worsened day by day. He was then advised by the health workers at his village to go to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH) for further treatment. At MCLH, the doctor did detail assessment of U Min's condition and said that because of his injury, the blood supply to his heel was insufficient. His wound by then has turned into black color, as the tissues around his heel were damaged and have died, and it causes him severe pain, especially at night. Since the doctor could no longer help to make his ulcer healed by treatments, the only option is to do a below knee amputation. U Min said, "It's so painful that I can't bear it anymore. I just want to receive surgery as soon as possible."
Veronicah is a farmer from Kenya. Veronicah is a peasant farmer in her small piece of ancestral land where she lives with her parents and teenage child. Veronicah has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Veronicah. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 2nd. After treatment, Veronicah will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. “I keep hearing the doctor’s voice over and over-“breast cancer” “breast cancer. I just do not know what to do,” says Veronicah.
Iqram is a young boy from Tanzania. Iqram is a two-year-old boy, the only child to his parents, who struggles to stretch his right hand due to a burn scar contractures. The playful boy was playing with his friends when he went back to his mother's house and by accident, fell on hot milk sustaining burns on his right side, especially his right hand. He spent a month in the hospital where the wounds were nursed and successfully healed. However, his right elbow skin healed with contractures. The contractures restrain Iqram's ability to fully stretch and use his hand. The family has not been able to raise funds for a contracture release surgery, but their hope for help remains. Iqram's father is a casual labourer at a factory and his mother a housewife. Their income is little to meet the treatment cost. They hope to have Iqram's hand released and be able to use it with ease especially when he joins the school. Iqram's aunt referred them to our facility when she learnt of an outreach program and upon review, he had contracture release recommended. Iqram's parents appeal for financial assistance Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Iqram receive treatment. On September 27th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to The surgery will allow Iqram to fully stretch his hand, restoring ability to utilize it. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Iqram’s mother says, “My son’s life will be very challenging if he not able to have his hand corrected please help him."
Anna is a child from Tanzania. Since she was six months old, Anna has been experiencing difficulty breathing. Frequent illness causes her and her parents to have many sleepless nights. Anna was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Anna, which is scheduled to take place on July 5. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Anna of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably.
Chit is a 30-year-old man who lives with his wife, daughter, son and father-in-law in Noh Poe Village, Myawaddy Township, Karen State, Burma. Chit’s daughter and son go to school. Chit, together with his wife and father-in-law work as farmers on land they rent. Chit’s family does not have regular income, but they sell durian and betel nut that they grow in their garden. Seven years ago, Chit started to experience pain in his lower left abdomen. He also had difficulty passing urine so he went to Myawaddy Hospital for help. He received an ultrasound and an x-ray before the doctor informed him that he has a urinary tract infection (UTI) and a kidney stone. He was treated for the UTI but he did not received treatment for the kidney stone. He was given a follow-up appointment for every month, to receive medication for the abdominal pain. He continued to return for his appointments until late-2018, but when he did not feel better he followed his neighbour’s suggestion and sought help at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Thailand on 20 February 2019. When Chit arrived at MTC, he received an ultrasound as well as a urine and blood test. After the tests, the medic informed him that he has a kidney stone and he was prescribed some medication. On 29 February, MTC referred him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At MSH, he underwent an intravenous pyelogram (IVP) and was asked to return to MSH for his follow-up appointments and he returned several times. Eventually, he was told that the kidney stone had moved into his urethra and that he would need to undergo laser treatment to break up the stone. Currently, Chit still experiences pain in his lower left abdomen and sometimes he has difficulty passing urine. He worries that his condition will get worse if he does not get treatment. Sometimes his urine has blood in it, especially when he drinks less water and he has difficulty passing urine. Sometimes, he feels like the pain of his abdominal is worse and he is not able to walk or work. He is unable to sleep, and he feels more comfortable when he lies down and rests. In his free time, Chit loves to forage for vegetables in the forest.
Netsanet is a young student from Ethiopia. She was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Netsanet is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on July 23. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Netsanet's procedure and care. After her recovery, Netsanet will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Her mother says, “I can’t afford the medical bill. We managed to come to hospital through the support of another organization."
Patrick is a laborer from Kenya. He is married and a father of two. Earlier this month, Patrick fractured his mandible. He can barely talk or open his mouth. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On June 24, Patrick will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him eat easily again and he will no longer be in pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund this procedure. Patrick says, “I wish to have the much pain I am having eased. I am not able to earn for my family and its frustrating."
Yoeun is a 72-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six siblings, and likes to go to the pagoda in her free time. One year ago, Yoeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On May 16, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope that I am able to see clearly again so I can attend ceremonies at the pagoda, and also cook and help with the housework."